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Argumentative Topic: Right To Die

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Argumentative Topic: Right To Die

Class: Eng 111 / Instructor: Karyn Pallay


Scope  ll  Online Search Techniques  ll  Finding Books via the Library Catalog 

Finding Articles via the Library Databases  ll  Off-campusAccess

Web Sites  Citing Sources  ll  Ask a Librarian for Help


"Right to die" is a term that appears in political, religious, legal, and medical debates over when, if ever, to withdraw life support from terminally ill and dying patients. Other terms used to describe this issue are "euthanasia" and "assisted suicide." This handout serves as a guide to research information on euthanasia and the right to die at JSRCC Libraries.  

Finding Books:

To look for books available at JSRCC Libraries, you can search the VCCSLinc Library catalog


Sample Subject Key Words to Search in Catalog:

Assisted suicide, Death moral and ethical aspects, Euthanasia, Life and death power over, life support systems (critical care), Palliative treatment, Right to die, Terminal care, Terminally ill 


Browse books by Call Number:  R726 - R726.8


Selected Books available at JSRCC:


Finding articles:

You can find authoritative articles on euthanasia through the library databases, on or off-campus. If you are off-campus, you will need to login with Off Campus Access ."My JSRCC" login.   For more information see: library databases

Finding overviews to understand the basics of the discussion about euthanasia: 


CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues in comprehensive reports.  Each report is written by a seasoned journalist based on a common structure. Users may browse through articles by topics in alphabetical order, or search for articles using words, dates, or other criteria.


CQ Researcher search tips:

Type right to die or euthanasia in the Quick Search box.  You will retrieve a list of related reports on euthanasia.


Issues & Controversies

Presents and enhances the full backfile of Issues and Controversies On File. Provides balanced coverage of over 600 controversial topics in the news.


Issues & Controversies search tips:

Under SEARCH OPTIONS, then Keyword Search, type in "euthanasia" or "assisted suicide". You will get a balanced analysis and sidebars including key events, statistics, related articles and overviews.  

Finding viewpoints and debates on euthanasia: 


Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Provides a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.


Opposing Viewpoint Resource Center search tips:

Choose "Assisted Suicide" or "Euthanasia" from the "Popular Topics" list.  You will find viewpoints, reference overviews, magazine, and journal articles, news, primary documents, statistics from Gallup, and NPR podcasts and transcripts.  

Finding more articles on your refined topics:


Academic Search Complete

Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals and a total of more than 10,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for nearly 1,000 journals (EBSCOhost)


For more information about online search strategies, check:



Newspaper Articles:



With a business focus, Factiva is a product of Dow Jones that offers full text access to over 10,000 magazine,
journals, and leading local, national and international newspapers and news wires. In addition, about 3,000 images are added daily.  Richmond Times Dispatch is covered from 1989 - . (Dow Jones & Company, Inc.) 

Search Tips:

  • Use the asterisk (*) as the truncation symbol to pick up all forms of a root word (e.g., legislat*will find legislation, legislator, legislators)
  • Select In last 2 years from the Date menu.
  • Search example: euthanasia AND virginia 

If you have the citation of an article, how to obtain the full text?



For more information, check:


Selected Web Sites: 

          This site from Longwood University provides a comprehensive list of euthanasia-related web sites.

Citing Sources:

To learn how to compile your Works Cited list in APA, please check:


Need more help?

Visit the reference desks at JSRCC Libraries or Ask a librarian@JSRCC!

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